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Merida is a 1yr old female dog found as a stray in St. Kitts. Merida had recently whelped puppies and did her very best to give them all of the nutrition that they needed so that they could be chubby, happy and healthy. However, she sacrificed her own well-being in the process.
Merida was rescued by an animal rescue group in St. Kitts called PAWS (People for Animal Welfare St. Kitts). She was emaciated from feeding her litter of pups with little to no nutrition herself.
During Merida's veterinary appointment she tested positive for two tick borne diseases - Ehrlichia and Anaplasmosis. These diseases amongst the intestinal worms, fleas and ticks also left Merida anemic (low red blood cells). Thankfully, with a good helping of TLC and appropriate medications to treat her tick borne diseases, dewormer for her intestinal worms and parasite prevention for the fleas and ticks - Merida is starting to climb the long trek up hill.
Merida continues to get stronger each day and is turning into a beautiful dog!
For more information on Merida and updates check out PAWS on Facebook
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Check out SAFE St. Kitts for more information on Rufus and the other animals they have in their program!
Help us to continue to save animals, like Rufus, every donation helps!
One of the most rewarding aspects of our organization is when we are able to get out into the community and educate pet owners on the dangers of parasites. Our mission was founded because of our experiences living in the beautiful island of St. Kitts. The island is home to beautiful beaches, a local community with amazing culture, great food and multiple medical schools as well as Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. In past years, animal welfare had not been a priority on the island but with the help of countless people and organizations animal welfare is improving throughout the island.
Recently we joined two amazing organizations stationed in St. Kitts (PAWS and VIDA) for their community outreach event. It's truly an amazing experience to give people of all ages a place where all of their questions be answered. This is where improvement starts, because in general many people (all over the world) do not know how to properly care for their pets!
At this event, the local community was invited to bring their pets for free wellness exams, vaccines and of course flea and tick prevention! This event also helped out the students studying to become veterinarians. They gained invaluable experience doing physical exams and giving vaccines properly, under the guidance of some of the best teachers around (I promise I'm not biased).
In addition to medical care, there was information provided about proper housing, nutrition and other important animal welfare topics. Families were also given pet food, leashes and collars for their furry friends.
Puppies, Kittens, Dogs and Cats from all over the island lined up for services - it was an amazing turn out! This is just one more step for a healthier animal population in St. Kitts. We look forward to the next!
Thank you PAWS, VIDA and all of the volunteers for putting together this fantastic event! And thank you to all of our donors for your ongoing support!
Check out the great things being done by the other organizations that sponsored this event:
PAWS- St Kitts
Ross University VIDA
And to help us provide flea and tick prevention as well as other helpful items check out our Amazon Wishlist!